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Dr Nikki Rajakaruna


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5497, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.234B
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5497
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.234B  


Nikki is a Lecturer, a Researcher, the First Year Coordinator for the Criminology Courses and a Higher Degrees Supervisor in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • CRI1107- The Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI1208- Research Methods I
  • CRI3112- Operational Policing
  • CRI3206- Misconduct and Corruption Prevention


Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm


Nikki’s has taught in a range of areas at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her work is divided between teaching in the Criminology discipline in the School of Arts and Humanities and research in the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change. Her specific research focus is policing; evident from her teaching in policing focused units, and also her research profile which evidences strong collaboration with industry partners such as the Western Australia Police Force. She has conducted various projects into police use of force, issues related to police integrity and the use of intelligence in policing.

Nikki is also the First Year Coordinator. She has a strong interest in assisting students in their transition to tertiary education, student retention and the first year experience at tertiary institutions.

Professional associations

  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching awards

  • 2018 – The School of Arts and Humanities, Psychology and Criminology Staff Award

Research areas and interests

  • Police use of force
  • The use of intelligence in policing
  • Police integrity
  • Contemporary issues in policing
  • Student retention in tertiary education
  • Student career paths (post-graduation)


  • Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2019.


Recent Research Grants

  • Validity of Use of Force Training,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $36,098.
  • One Life WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant - WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  2011 - 2014,  $1,000,000.
  • Misuse of the information management system by Public Servants employed within WA Police,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $9,091.
  • Problem Gambling in CALD Communities,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $48,873.
  • Blueline Evaluation,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $9,091.
  • Age of First Cannabis Use,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $11,685.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Scott, AJ., Rajakaruna, N., Handscomb, MA., Waterworth, GA., (2020), Public familiarity and understanding of stalking/harassment legislation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Psycho-criminological approaches to stalking behavior: An international perspective., Chichester, John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Articles

  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2019), Misuse of police information systems: Predicting perceived likelihood of misuse among unsworn police employees. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, Online(20190705), 15 pages, DOI: 10.1093/police/paz034.
  • Henry, P., Rajakaruna, N., Crous, C., Buckley, J., (2019), Key attributes of an effective human source handler: Implications for handler selection and training. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, Online(0032258x1986258), 20 pages, DOI: 10.1177/0032258X19862589.
  • Scott, AJ., Duff, SC., Sheridan, L., Rajakaruna, N., (2019), The influence of contextual information regarding the breakdown of relationships and perpetrator-target sex composition on perceptions of relational stalking. Psychology, Crime and Law, 25(4), 364-380 , DOI: 10.1080/1068316x.2018.1529231.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Cutler, A., Fairman, G., (2017), Ensuring the validity of police use of force training. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 18(5), 507-521, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2016.1268959.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., Gavin, J., (2015), International perceptions of relational stalking: The influence of prior relationship, perpetrator sex, target sex and participant sex. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(18), 3308-3323, Thousand Oaks, USA, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/0886260514555012.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2015), A necessary safety net: use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 16(5), 431-443, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2014.932695.
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